Sunday, June 23, 2013

Waiting for Supreme Court Decision on Shelby County v. Holder

U.S. Braces for Historic Supreme Court Decision

Supreme Court is scheduled to hand down a decision on Shelby County v. Holder. Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) requires certain states and localities—mostly in the South—to receive permission from a federal court or the U.S. Justice Department before redrawing legislative districts after each census, or changing their voting laws or procedures. In 1966, the Supreme Court held in Katzenbach v. McClung that Section 5’s intrusion into state sovereignty is authorized by the Fifteenth Amendment because of egregious voter suppression in the 1960s. United States Supreme Court this week on a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, Now that America is a very different place, the justices are considering whether VRA Section 5 is no longer justified by the Constitution.
file type icon  Docket for 12-96
Title: Shelby County, Alabama, Petitioner v. Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General, et al.
vBrief of respondents Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General in opposition filed. Reply of petitioner Shelby County, Alabama filed.

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